L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5597 posts, RR: 19 Posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7523 times:
Flying NW cattle class without SkyTeam Elite Plus status anymore, therefore w/o lounge access and being subjected to 7 hours layover at DTW how should I cope with it?
Any suggestions how to kill time?
How much pain is clearing the immigration in terms of time?
Sub-question: Are there still problems with NW flight cancellations towards the end of the month?
Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7476 times:
Can't answer your question about immigration or cancellation, but...
IIRC, NW sells daily lounge passes for something like US$50... aside from that, there are plenty of dining options, and walking end to end and terminal to terminal is a decent way to kill time, as is just enjoying the sights in the tunnel and people watching.
There's also wireless internet access throughout the terminals and you can mooch off of the WorldClubs wireless from a relatively remarkable distance if you're in the right places.
Every time I have travel that includes a connection in DTW (with one exception RIC-DTW-GRR) I've had at least 3 hours between flights and I've escaped with my sanity.
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ItalianFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1077 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7315 times:
Seven HOURS???? Where are you coming from and going???!!!???
I find it hard to believe that they can not route you a better way. Some friends of my parents were going to Europe this past fall and had a six or seven hour layover going from SDF to CDG.....made one phone call and they were rebooked to a 90 minute connection.
Sadly, the airport is in the middle of nowhere so any local attractions are a good $70 USD cab ride at best. Heck, you have plenty of time to fly to Chicago, take the train to the Loop, shop and fly back!! lol
From LHR (well PRG actually) and continuing on to SFO.
Unfortunately I had no control over choosing the itinerary, because there are far better connections via MSP with considerably shorter connection times and even one at the same price LHR-DTW-MSP-SFO, which I'd take if I could because I'd love to get on the NW DC9 serving the DTW-MSP segment. I know they will be around for at least another decade , but it still would be a nice addition to my "flown on" list
Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7197 times:
Quoting ItalianFlyer (Reply 3): Sadly, the airport is in the middle of nowhere so any local attractions are a good $70 USD cab ride at best. Heck, you have plenty of time to fly to Chicago, take the train to the Loop, shop and fly back!! lol
I love it when someone goes beyond the box.....now that suggestion is something I
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2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7168 times:
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If you've got 7 hours, I recommend taking a 20 minute cab ride to the Henry Ford Museum.
It's got an amazing collection of automobiles on display, including presidential limos and rare, historically-significant cars. It's got trains and locomotives on display, as well as a handful of interesting aircraft.
It's basically a museum of the industrial revolution, and well worth the admission and cab fare.